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Dead Man Talking: How Deceased Heroes Become Political Props

When a great leader dies, agenda-pushers seek to invoke him to justify a broad range of actions. We cannot let that happen with Nelson Mandela.

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The Surprising Republican Civil War That Erupted Over Nelson Mandela and Apartheid

You'd be surprised which American politicians supported and worked against the civil liberties issues Nelson Mandela championed.
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Nelson Mandela Dies and the World Loses One of the Greatest Leaders

Mandela was a true hero of our generation.
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7 Times U.S. Presidents Have Admitted They Were Wrong in History

President Obama's Obamacare apology is just the latest in a special list.
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No Matter Who's to Blame For the Government Shutdown, Millennials Lose

Congress is too busy pointing fingers to figure out a long-term solution to our ballooning debt. If they don't get their act together soon, millennials will be the ones who suffer.
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3 Powerful Quotes Which Prove Why Edward Snowden is a True Hero

This is the NSA whistleblower's first public appearance since he was granted asylum in Russia.

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Nobel Peace Prize: Theodore Roosevelt Was the Most Important Winner Of All Time

America's 26th President understood that good intentions must often be combined with military strength.
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We Need More Human Interaction If We're Going to Build National Trust

When we begin to trust our neighbors again, we will begin to trust Americans again.
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Vladimir Putin's Nobel Peace Prize Nomination is the Latest Insult to the Notion Of Peace

Putin's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is alarming and disturbing. It calls for the global community to re-evaluate its collective understanding of what "peace" even means.
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History of Government Shutdowns: Everything You Need To Know

The government has shut down 17 times before. Here's a history of previous shutdowns and their consequences.
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John Kerry's Meeting With Iran Minister Was a Game-Changer

U.S.-Iran diplomatic efforts might be worthy of textbook entries.

5 Inspiring Women Forgotten in the Shadow Of History

These impressive women didn't just support their famous husbands, but were political activists in their own right. Let's give them the credit they deserve.
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Hosni Mubarak To Be Released: Is This What Justice Looks Like in the New Egypt?

Former Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak has been released from life in prison and set free. Is this the revolution Egyptians envisioned when they overthrew him just two years ago?
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Why This Swimmer Feels the U.S. Must Participate in the 2014 Olympics

The U.S. has had a tremendous summer for gay rights. But what does it say if we back out of the Olympics and back down from the latest challenge for equal rights?
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Hillary Clinton 2016? Why Media Coverage is An Absolute Joke

There's nothing to say about a campaign that's three years away, and focusing on it only takes Americans' attention away from real issues.
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President Carter, American Democracy is Still Alive and Well

President Carter, in the wake of the NSA scandal, has said we no longer have a functioning democracy. But the reaction to the scandal shows that our democracy is actually more alive than ever.

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"I Am a Jelly Donut" and 7 Other Embarrassing Diplomatic Faux Pas

50 years after John F. Kennedy’s historic “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, here are some of the world’s embarrassing and slightly hilarious diplomatic moments.
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George Bush Cries at Library Dedication: 7 Other Things He Should Be Crying About

Let the flood gates open! There's a lot of things for George W. Bush to cry about.
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Is Nelson Mandela Lucky to Be Dying?

The former South African president has been battling a severe lung infection, but his longevity remains a historical anomaly among human rights icons. Is he lucky to have lived for so long?
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Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Laureate the World Has Forgotten About

Liu Xiaobo needs the world's help, but the West has consistently failed to assist Liu Xiaobo, one of their closest allies in China.
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Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Renew Their Call For the Commutation of Warren Hill's Death Sentence

Read the full text from The Carter Center on the upcoming execution of mentally disabled Georgia death row inmate Warren Hill.

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Obama Address to Congress: Interesting Facts About Obama's Speech

Follow along at 9:00 PM on Tuesday for running commentary and analysis of President Obama's fifth annual State of the Union Address.
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Rand Paul Heritage Speech: A Call For A "Saner, More Balanced" Foreign Policy

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave a long and wonkish speech today in which he called for an approach to foreign policy more akin to President Reagan's "robust, but constrained" strategy.
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Obama Inauguration Parade Fun Facts: FDR Actually Cancelled His Parade

An interesting timeline about the history of the Presidential inaugural parade – firsts, cancellations, and weird tidbits.
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Inaugural Speech 2013: Will Ronald Reagan or Richard Nixon Influence President Obama?

Ronald Reagan delivered one of the great inauguration speeches in history on January 20, 1949. Can President Obama meet the challenge?
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Big Government Never Works – Take This Tour of History to Find Out Why

While progressives push for bigger, stronger and more invasive government as the answer to our problems, history is full of examples of big government failures.

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Chuck Hagel Confirmation Would Improve U.S. Standing in the World

The nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary has the Israel lobby up in arms. But, he could be just the person to help restore America's standing in the Middle East.

5 Most Likely Reasons Obama Was Chosen as TIME Person of the Year

TIME really scraped the barrel to come up with reasons for selecting Obama as Person of the Year. I've decided to help them out.
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Jimmy Carter is OK With Legal Weed, Will Obama Agree?

Former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn't think legalizing weed would lead to an increase in consumption. Does the current Democratic president agree?
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Who Will Win the Election: Obama Will Win, and Mitt Romney is Not the 2012 Ronald Reagan

Desperate Republicans try to channel the election of Ronald Reagan to convince themselves that victory is at hand. But this belief is not rooted in reality.